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Rajesh Ranjan (born 24 December 1967), better known as Pappu Yadav (popular name "Netajee"), is a politician.[1][2] He won elections to the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Parliament of India) in 1991, 1996, 1999, and in 2004 from several constituencies in Bihar as an Independent / SP / Lok Janata Party / RJD candidate. Pappu Yadav became one of the 'best performing' MPs in 2015[3] Pappu Yadav is currently the leader of Jan Adhikar Party.(L).[4]

Rajesh Ranjan
(Pappu Yadav)
Member of Parliament
(Lok Sabha)
In office
16 May 2014 – 23 May 2019
Preceded bySharad Yadav
Succeeded byDinesh Chandra Yadav
Personal details
Born (1967-12-24) 24 December 1967 (age 51)
Bihar, India
Political partyJan Adhikar Party
(9 May 2015-Present)
Other political
Rashtriya Janata Dal
Spouse(s)Ranjeet Ranjan
ChildrenSarthak Ranjan
Prakriti Ranjan
ResidencePurnia, Bihar, India

Pappu Yadav defeated Sharad Yadav in the 2014 general elections.[5] His wife Ranjeet Ranjan, was MP from Supaul but lost to JD(U) in 2019 General Election, is a Congress leader.[6] In July 2015, His son is Cricketer, who is player of Delhi Team. Pappu Yadav was given 'Y' category security by the Union Home Ministry.[7][8] In 2015 Bihar elections he formed his own party, Jan Adhikar party and contested at 40 seats. His party failed to make any impact and could barely capture 2 percent of the votes it wished do capture.[9]


Pappu Yadav was born on 24 December 1967 in a Landlord family in Khurda Karveli village, Kumar Khand, Bihar. He started school education in Anand Marg School, Anand Palli, Supoul. He completed graduation in Political Science from B N Mandal University, Madhepura. He did Diploma in Disaster Management and Human Rights from IGNOU. Rajesh Ranjan is his official name but nickname Pappu was given by his Grand Father in childhood. He is married to Ranjeet Ranjan. He is a Member of Parliament from Madhepura. His son's name is Sarthak Ranjan[10][circular reference] who is player of T20.

He was elected to the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Singheshwarsthan, Madhepura in 1990 as an independent candidate, and in 1991 he contested and won through to the 10th Lok Sabha from Purnia. He was at various times a member of RJD, the Samajwadi Party and the Lok Janshakti Party.

On 7 May 2015, the RJD expelled Rajesh Ranjan for years due to anti-RJD activities after that he founded new party Jan Adhikar Party.[11]

On 9 May 2015, Pappu Yadav floated a new party Jan Adhikar Party before the elections.[12][13][14][15][16] Pappu Yadav campaigned against Nitish-Lalu alliance.[17] Jan Adhikar Party is fighting on 64 seats as part of Socialist Secular Morcha in 2015 Bihar Legislative Assembly election.[18] He won best member of parliament award also.

2009 Lok Sabha electionsEdit

On 2 April 2009, the Patna High Court rejected Yadav's plea to be allowed to contest the 2009 Indian parliamentary elections because he had been convicted for murder. On 11 April, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav expelled Pappu Yadav from the party. His mother Shanti Priya, who was a candidate from Purnia, also lost to Uday Singh of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

2010 Bihar electionsEdit

During 2010 Bihar Vidhan Sabha elections Pappu Yadav along with Anil Yadav and Rampravesh Rai were expelled from the RJD for alleged anti-party activity. They were charged with working against the party's official nominee for Fatua assembly constituency, Ramanand Yadav.


In his autobiography Drohkaal ka Pathik, released in November 2013, Pappu Yadav has alleged that three MPs of his Indian Federal Democratic Party got money from the then finance minister Yashwant Sinha, to join the NDA in 2001. He has also claimed that during the July 2008 trust vote, both the Congress and BJP had offered "Rs 400 million each" to MPs for their support.[19]

Ranjan (Yadav) had to spent years in jail in Ajit Sarkar murder case.[20] He was acquitted in 2013 from Patna high court.[21][22]


  1. ^ Pappu Yadav returns to RJD, gets ticket from Bihar's Madhepura. (11 March 2014). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  2. ^ "Ditched by the BJP, Pappu Yadav Goes the Samajwadi Party Way".
  3. ^ Pappu Yadav, once accused of murder, now among 'best performing' MPs. (22 March 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  4. ^ "Purnea MP Pappu Yadav forms new Jan Adhikar Party with Brajesh Sah as Pradesh Mahasachiv".
  5. ^ BJP wipes out Nitish’s JDU in Bihar, Sharad Yadav humbled. Retrieved on 28 July 2015.
  6. ^ "'Supreme Court will be moved against Pappu Yadav's acquittal'". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 18 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Now, Pappu Yadav gets 'Y' category security".
  8. ^ "In Poll Bound Bihar, Pappu Yadav's Security Upgrade Sparks Talk".
  9. ^ "Owaisi, Pappu Yadav fail to make impact". The Hindu. 9 November 2015. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  10. ^ Sarthak Ranjan
  11. ^ Madhepura MP Pappu Yadav expelled from RJD, may join hands with BJP | Zee News. (7 May 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  12. ^ Expelled RJD MP Pappu Yadav floats new party – The Times of India. (17 May 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  13. ^ Pappu Yadav could win over disgruntled Lalu supporters in Bihar. (11 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  14. ^ Bihar@2025 campaign stunt: Pappu Yadav. The Hindu (11 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  15. ^ Bihar@2025 campaign political stunt, EC should stop it: Pappu Yadav – The Economic Times. (10 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  16. ^ Pappu Yadav launches new party | Business Line. (9 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  17. ^ Yadavs join hands to fight in unison. (29 June 2015). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  18. ^ "Samajwadi Party teams up with Pappu Yadav, NCP, 3 others to form third front".
  19. ^ Pappu Yadav in memoir: Both Cong, BJP offered MPs Rs 40 crore each. Indian Express (27 November 2013). Retrieved on 2015-07-28.
  20. ^ PatnaFebruary 14, Press Trust of India; February 14, 2008UPDATED:; Ist, 2008 15:43. "Pappu Yadav gets life term in Ajit Sarkar murder case". India Today. Retrieved 30 December 2018.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  21. ^ "Purnea misses chalk & cheese - Residents recollect war between Ajit Sarkar & Pappu Yadav". Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  22. ^ "Pappu Yadav acquitted in Ajit Sarkar murder case". The Economic Times. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2018.

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